College joins online learning revolution with free course

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A free online learning revolution sweeping higher education in the US is about to take off in Ireland …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

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Backbench anger in FG over college grants issue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been told by a string of his backbenchers he must stop Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plans to include farm and business assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Employers’ group calls for all public sector pensions to be adjusted

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The Government should adjust pension entitlements for all public sector workers and ‘not just new recruits’, the director of industrial relations at employers’ body Ibec, Brendan McGinty, told a debate last night …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Oxford consults on ‘associate professor’ grade

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Oxford is consulting on whether to abolish the lecturer grade and replace it with that of ‘associate professor’. Under the plans, new and existing tenured lecturers would be able to take the title, with anyone who had not previously held a substantive academic appointment becoming assistant professor …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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RIAM and TCD join forces for performing arts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and Trinity College Dublin have joined forces in a new performing arts education partnership. Building on an existing relationship, RIAM has become an Associated College of Trinity with the aim of developing an International Centre of Excellence in the performing arts …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

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Egg-throwing students escape expulsion

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Three students who threw eggs at the Taoiseach during a visit to UCD have expressed relief after escaping expulsion by the university authorities. Suzanne Lee (23), from Belfast, Aidan Rowe (22), from Co Mayo, and Ben McCormack (24), from Chichester in England, were instead given a formal reprimand …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 14 February]

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Mustn’t ask, mustn’t tell

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

EU“Even with the advent of Web 2.0, data protection law is still often seen as technical and only narrowly applicable. Technical abstruseness aside (and data protection’s reputation here is certainly deserved), this understanding could not be more wrong …” (more)

[David Erdos, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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Group to oversee merger of hospitals

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne has been appointed to oversee the merging of the State’s three children’s hospitals in advance of the opening of a single national children’s hospital …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 14 February]

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I didn’t take advantage of sleeping girl, taxi driver tells court

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A taxi driver has denied he ‘took advantage of a sleeping girl’ while driving her home from a night out in Limerick. Abdul Mannan, (39) of Rhebogue Meadows, Limerick has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the first year college student on February 7th 2011 …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Independent, 13 February]

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Disadvantaged students losing out as reading skills gap widens

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The gap between the reading skills of the country’s richest and poorest students widened during the last decade, figures reveal. The Department of Education is concerned at the at the development, which emerged from the latest analysis of our 15-year-olds’ performance in international tests carried out in 2009 …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Build from the ground up

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“The year has barely begun, but we’re being urged on all sides to rethink higher education, to look into the far distant – and therefore largely unknowable – future and to prepare ourselves for dramatic change. An urge to crawl under the blankets and claim to be suffering from a nasty bout of ‘flu seizes me …” (more)

[Alan Ryan, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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English imperialism

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

Germany“The practical reality for many German academics and researchers is that publishing in English is becoming progressively more vital for their careers. However, some German linguists are railing against this process and drawing attention to its associated cultural, political and academic dilemmas. This is reflected in a new book, Deutsch in der Wissenschaft (German in Academia/the Sciences) …” (more)

[Brian Bloch, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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Should Students Use Twitter?

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“We had a discussion about the use of Twitter in the classroom today and in general I am in favour of students using Twitter as a learning tool …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 February]

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Gollum’s Mother: On Marie Corelli by Lili Loofbourow

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“It’s difficult, even a century after her literary career began its decline, to talk about Marie Corelli without succumbing to a battery of adjectives. Often condemned as a hack and praised as a saint, Corelli was something altogether more interesting …” (more)

[Los Angeles Review of Books, 13 February]

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